Notes and Editorial Reviews
Münchinger recorded the St. Matthew Passion in 1964 at the Ludwigsburg Church of Schloss in Stuttgart using the Stuttgarter Hymnus-Chor. Of the major roles the part of the Evangelist is taken by tenor Peter Pears and bass Hermann Prey takes the part of Christ.
I especially enjoyed the performance of the contralto arias Buß und Reu with the advantage of its lovely flute accompaniment and Erbarme dich, mein Gott with violin obbligato. Both arias are movingly sung by contralto Marga Höffgen who demonstrates a splendid technique with a richly coloured timbre. Sung with considerable feeling for the text by the bright and expressive voice of Elly Ameling the hauntingly moving soprano arias Blute nur, du liebes Herz!
and Aus Liebe will mein Heiland sterben stay in the memory. Equally strong is the bass aria Gerne will ich mich bequemen sung with feeling and beautifully paced by Tom Krause. Tenor Fritz Wunderlich is smooth-toned and deeply reverential in his briskly taken aria Ich will bei meinem Jesu wachen.
-- Michael Cookson, MusicWeb International
reviewing this recording reissued as part of Newton Classics 8802001
Works on This Recording
Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Hermann Prey (Baritone),
Elly Ameling (Soprano),
Marga Höffgen (Alto),
Heinz Wunderlich (Tenor),
Tom Krause (Bass),
Peter Pears (Tenor)
Stuttgart Hymnus Boys Choir,
Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
Written: Circa 1727; Leipzig, Germany
Date of Recording: 07/1964
Venue: Ludwigsburg Castle, Germany
Length: 196 Minutes 43 Secs.
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
Greatest St Matthew ever? April 6, 2012
By Roger K. See All My Reviews
"In the Netherlands, the St Matthew Passion is an annual Good Friday tradition in nearly all towns where there is a choir and an orchestra. I grew up with this, and have heard some fine ones; but this is still the absolute best. Pears as the Evangelist is nothing short of miraculous; Ameling was always at her best in Bach; Wunderlich is a fine tenor, Krause a magnificent bass, and Prey a deeply moving Jesus, esp. at the Last Supper. Only Höffgen the alto is not quite up to the others. But the choral parts are rich and intimate, and the orchestra does a fine job. One complaint: the English translations of the non-NT texts are pretty awful. But then, German is a great language worth learning . . ."